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  • 11 Things You Didn’t Know About Wrigley Field [Link]

    The first game at Wrigley Field, originally called Weeghman Park, took place 100 years ago on April 23, 1914. But it wasn’t Cubs who took to the field that day. They played at the West Side Grounds back then. The stadium was actually built for the Chicago Federals, later called the Whales, of the short-lived Federal League. Learn more about early Wrigley Field history for the centennial at Parade.

  • Who Dies on Everest—and Where, and Why [Link]

    Last Friday’s avalanche on Mount Everest claimed the lives of 16 climbers, making it the deadliest day in the mountain’s history. That one day has also already made the 2014 climbing season the deadliest season. And the 16 killed were not adventurous explorers looking to reach the peak. They were the sherpas who go up early in the season to make sure its safe for the adventure-seekers. This tragedy is just the latest to illustrate the vast difference in the two classes who climb Mount Everest: those who pay for the experience and those who are paid to make sure it happens.

  • THE SECRETIVE, CHINESE TECH GIANT THAT CAN RIVAL FACEBOOK AND AMAZON [Link]

    Chances are, you’ve never heard of Tencent, but that’s all about to change. The Chinese tech giant is like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Zynga, and Uber all wrapped in one and it’s looking to expand outside China’s borders. Tencent was recently valued at more than $139 billion on the Hong Kong stock exchange, and with recent investments in Epic Games and Riot Games, it’s on its way to becoming a tech contender in the West. But how does it stack up with its Silicon Valley competition?

  • ‘Major League’ Turns 25 — Here Are 15 Things You Didn’t Know About The Movie [Link]

    Can you believe it has been 25 years since we first met Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn, Willie Mays Hayes, and the rest of the hapless Cleveland Indians in “Major League?” To celebrate it’s anniversary this week, here are 15 facts you don’t know about the movie, including why Hayes is never seen throwing, how Charlie Sheen prepared for his role, and what the original ending entailed.

  • THE 15 MOST UNDERRATED CANNED BEERS, AS PICKED BY SERIOUS BEER NERDS [Link]

    Just because you want a fine craft beer doesn’t mean you need to reach for a bottle. More and more microbreweries are jumping on the aluminum can bandwagon and putting good beer in cheap cans. Thrillist put together a list of these 15 underrated canned beers for the next time you don’t want to drink from a bottle, but you don’t want to drink Schlitz or Hamms, either. Not that there’s anything wrong with Schlitz or Hamms, of course, but sometimes it’s nice to try something a little different.

  • How Twitter Has Changed Over the Years in 12 Charts [Link]

    It’s hard to believe that this summer will mark 8 years since Twitter first debuted. In that time, there have been many changes in how users behave. For instance, the average number of tweets increased drastically for years then leveled off and began to fall, now staying at about 20. Where people tweet from, what they tweet about, and how often they change their handles has also changed over the years. Check out these 12 charts and see how the history of Twitter sums up.

  • Spanish ‘Breaking Bad’ remake ‘Metastasis’ vs. the original: What’s new? PHOTOS [Link]

    Have you found yourself suffering these last six months knowing that “Breaking Bad” is done with? The good news is that a Spanish-language version, called “Metastasis” and featuring a character named Walter Blanco (¡muy inteligente!), is coming to Univision owned network UniMas this summer. The bad news? It might be a little different than what you’re used to.

  • Want to Become a Better Writer? Copy the Work of Others! [Link]

    If you’re looking to improve your skills as a writer or if you’re suffering form writer’s block and need to readjust your way of thinking, there may be an age-old solution for you: copy the work of others. For centuries, great writers learned from the great writers that came before them by copying passages to get a feel for the rhythm and syntax they enjoyed as a reader. Give it a shot! If it was good enough for Hunter S Thompson, who copied Hemingway, and Jack London, who copied Rudyard Kipling, who can argue?

  • The 23 Best Vintage Video Games You Can Play In Your Browser [Link]

    It’s Friday, why are you still working so hard? Those TPS reports can wait until next week, because now it’s time to play some NBA Jam. Or Streets of Rage. Or Turtles in Time. Or 20 other classic videogames that you can play in your browser while you pretend to still do work. Just make sure to have a spreadsheet open in another window that you can switch to when someone walks by. And be sure to wear headphones. Nothing says “I’m not doing work” like “Monster jam! He’s on fire!”

  • FROM BEER BATHS TO WHITE-WATER RAFTING: 12 BREWERIES THAT GO WAY BEYOND JUST TOURS [Link]

    Looking to travel to different craft breweries around the world? They’re all interesting at first, but soon enough, you’ll get sick of the same old tour again and again. Good thing Thrillist has put together this list of 12 breweries that offer more than just the standard walking tour. These tours have you creating your own beer, watching movies, rafting, and even bathing in the sudsy nectar of the gods.

  • 18 Famous Literary First Lines Perfectly Paired With Rap Lyrics [Link]

    RapPad is a site where you can get help composing raps and get ideas by entering a line you wrote, then allowing RapPad to generate the next line by pulling from its library of rap lyrics. The eggheads at Mental Floss used that feature to see what raps would come up for some of the most famous opening lines in poetry. The best has to be the Walt Whitman/Big Sean collaboration with “O captain, my captain, our fearful trip is done/Rolling in more green than a hole in one.” That’s Pulitzer caliber material, nam sayin’?

  • The Inside Story of Baseball’s Grand World Tour of 1914 [Link]

    The 2014 Major League Baseball season opened over the weekend with a two-game series between the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks in Sydney, Australia. This wasn’t the first time baseball went international, though. Beginning in October of 1913, the New York Giants and Chicago White Sox embarked on a five month world tour, beginning in Japan and ending in England with many stops in between.

  • How To Sneeze Properly [Link]

    Spring is officially here, although you wouldn’t know it with the cold temps many of us are still dealing with. Eventually, though, it will warm up and flora will bloom and everything will look nice and those of us with allergies will be sneezing incessantly. But what is the best method of sneezing? Dr. Julian W. Tang of the Alberta Provincial Laboratory for Public Health has researched the subject extensively and he has these tips to offer sneeze sufferers.

  • How to Fund Your Band’s Tour On Spotify (Without Really Trying) [Link]

    Certain big-name musicians like Thom Yorke and David Byrne have openly criticized Spotify for being detrimental to small bands with its minuscule payouts. Plus, they said, there was no way for small bands to get promoted. Well it turns out those guys are just old and out of touch. Michigan-based funk band Vulfpeck has already made $5000 off the streaming service with their new album that’s 12 tracks of complete silence. And best of all, Spotify is applauding them for their ingenuity and rewarding them with more press than they could ever hope for. Find out what they did and maybe come up with an idea of your own. What’s wrong, David Byrne, you jelly?

  • Teen Climbs 1 World Trade Center [Link]

    A 16-year-old from Weehawken, New Jersey has been arrested after climbing to the top of 1 World Trade Center. Around 4 am on Sunday night, Justin Casquejo snuck past a sleeping guard, who has since been fired, and reached the roof of America’s tallest building. The no fun police at the Port Authority are charging Casquejo with misdemeanor trespassing, but it’s more than worth it since he’s now the coolest kid in his high school.

  • How to Win $1 Billion on NCAA Basketball: A Mathematician’s Tips [Link]

    As everyone knows, Warren Buffet has offered $1 billion to anyone who can come up with a perfect March Madness bracket. With the odds at 9.2 quintillion to 1, this may seem like an impossible feat, but when you consider that the top 20 brackets will each receive $100,000, it’s probably worth a shot. Mathematician Dr. Tim Chartier has been teaching March Madness bracketology for years and several of his Davidson College students have scored in the 96th percentile or higher on ESPN’s bracket challenge. Learn all about his method then fill out your bracket and sit back and wait for all the money to come rolling in.

  • Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for ‘irreversible collapse’? [Link]

    It looks like there is some bad news from the buzzkill department. A recent study from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center states the possibility of industrialized society collapsing in the coming decades due to exploitation of resources and unequal wealth distribution. History has shown that even seemingly “advanced” societies can fail, such as the Roman, Han, and Gupta, and as much as we like to think we’re better than all of them, our day may soon come. Sounds like the perfect time to indulge in a hedonistic lifestyle of sex, drugs, and trans-fat laden foods. Or, you know, maybe try to fix things.

  • Physicists, Generals And CEOs Agree: Ditch The PowerPoint [Link]

    What’s the newest trend in meetings headed by scientists, CEOs, and generals? Surely it involves some new technology, right? Actually speakers are now leaving technology out of their presentations. More and more professionals are realizing how stifling PowerPoint slides can be when presenting ideas, often times limiting 2 way interaction with their audience. CERN, Amazon, and the Pentagon have all found that by getting rid of PowerPoint presentations, the bond between speakers and their audiences is strengthened. If only someone came to this realization before the importance of the inane slide presentations was forced on us throughout our schooling.

  • Life as a LEGO Professional [Link]

    Do you think life as a professional Lego builder is all just fun and games? Well, it kind of is. After all, you are playing with Legos all day. But you still have to work your way up and the pay isn’t that great. Read this in-depth look at the passionate artists who work for Lego and see if you have what it takes to assemble toys all day long. 

  • How sound affects the taste of our food [Link]

    Although it may not seem like it, sound can have quite an impact on how our food tastes. Studies have shown that high-frequency noises enhance sweetness while low frequencies bring out bitterness. Will this affect what music we hear while eating out? And will sugar be replaced by sound instead of an endless succession of chemicals that we decide are poisonous every few years?

  • Secrets Of The Best Levitation Shots Shared [Link]

    Ever wonder how photographers are able to capture those really awesome levitation shots? Fstoppers reveals the secrets of the pros in creating the illusion of levitation and boy is it way less glamorous than the final product would lead you to believe. Now to do a floating RSVLTS artsy photo series…

  • How Big Is Space? [Link]

    BBC has put together a really cool interactive infographic to give you an idea of the vastness of space. Scrolling the length of the page will take you all the way through the solar system with facts along the way. If your index finger consider can survive the arduous journey, you justt might have what it takes to become an astronaut. I’m pretty sure that’s how it works.

  • E-Sports Reach Pro-Athletic Status, Fandom — And Money [Link]

    Videogames aren’t just for kids anymore. Yesterday’s young gamers are now adulthoods and have made gaming into an ever-growing hobby and entertainment medium. With high participation comes monetization, and gaming is no exception. Big money is being made by e-athletes who traded their bats and balls for joysticks and e-sports are enjoying a rapidly growing fanbase.

  • UK Spies Used Yahoo Webcams to Spy on You: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know [Link]

    You might want to be careful if you are engaging in long-distance romantic rendezvous via Yahoo! webchats. It has now come to light that Britain’s spy agency, GCHQ, with help from the NSA, spied on Yahoo! users and captured webcam stills from chats between 2008 and 2012. Many of the stockpiled photos were of a sexual nature, because if there is one thing religious fundamentalist terrorists are known for, it’s their uninhibited attitudes towards sex. Isn’t freedom grand?

  • 74,476 Reasons You Should Always Get The Bigger Pizza [Link]

    The eggheads over at NPR’s Planet Money used the prices of 74,476 pizzas from 3,678 different restaurants around the country to see how much the prices changed with the pizza size. They constructed a handy interactive graph that illustrates just how much you save by going with the larger size. The results may surprise. That 20″ pie for $20? On average you’d have to spend $51 on 8″ pies to get the same amount of food. Now you don’t have to feel so bad for always ordering the biggest pizza, fatso!

  • 10 Athletes Who Would Have Made Excellent Vikings [Link]

    With the success of History Channel’s “Vikings,” returning for a new season this week, it’s safe to say that the menacing Norsemen have replaced pirates as the hip historical bad dudes. With that in mind, BroBible has put together a list of 10 athletes who would make excellent vikings. Just keep in mind, the list is based on looks and attitude and not, you know, proficiency in raping and pillaging.

  • Dennis Rodman’s North Korean Exploits Will Be Turned Into A Comedy Movie [Link]

    At least some good is finally coming from Dennis Rodman’s bizarre, alcohol-fueled, “hoops diplomacy” mission to North Korea. A comedic film based on the Worm’s January journey to North Korea and his mind boggling relationship with its despotic leader is now in the works with “Ride Along” director Tim Story attached to the project. Is a nation rife with human rights abuse an apt subject for a goofy comedy? Maybe with the right cast…

  • What Really Happened to Michael Rockefeller [Link]

    Michael Rockefeller, youngest son of New York Governor turned US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, was only 23 years old when he disappeared seven months into an expedition in the Asmat region of Netherlands New Guinea in 1961. His pontoon boat had overturned and after drifting for some time, he told his Dutch guide he was going to attempt to swim to shore, an estimated 12 miles away. His guide was rescued the next day but Rockefeller was never seen again and was presumed to have drowned. Now a recent expedition by author Carl Hoffman has shed new light on what really happened.

  • In Atlanta, Two Stadiums Collide With Dreams of a New Downtown [Link]

    With the Braves leaving Atlanta for nearby Cobby County after the 2016 season and the Falcons moving to a new $1 billion stadium in 2017, the direction of the city’s future growth is in the balance. Atlanta’s mayor is stuck in the middle, taking heat from those angry about the Braves’ departure and also those who don’t like the city putting in at least $200 million for the new Falcons stadium. This isn’t the first time Atlanta has faced such issues, either. The current battle is another chapter in the continuing saga of Atlanta’s suburbs versus the city’s downtown. 

  • Riots In Kiev Continue: 6 Things You Need To Know About Maidan Protests In Ukraine [Link]

    It has been three months since protesters first gathered in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, a demonstration that has since transformed into violent riots. There is no end in sight to the clash between the people and the government, with dozens now dead from the fighting. But what started all this and why is it continuing? Here are 6 facts to get you up to speed on the crisis in Ukraine. 

  • Amazon is good for customers. But is it good for books? [Link]

    There is no doubt that Amazon has been great for consumers. You can order almost anything you can think of and have it delivered to your door in two days, even on Sundays in many cities. But before Amazon became the Internet’s answer to Walmart, it was dedicated to selling books. Amazon changed the way the publishing world operated, both for print books and the emerging ebook market, but are these changes in the best interest of books or just business?

 
 
 
 
 
 

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